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Prison Escapee Leads Police On High Speed Chase

By: KKTV 11 News
By: KKTV 11 News
Credit: Colorado Springs Police

Credit: Colorado Springs Police

An escaped prisoner is locked up again Thursday night. He was caught after a high speed chase that started in Limon and ended 65 miles west in Colorado Springs.

Police say 28-year-old Ira Smith had a warrant for escape from the Department of Corrections.

Twice before, according to court records, Smith had escaped from prison: once in 2005 and then again in 2009.

On Thursday he apparently tried it again, allegedly exceeding over 100 mph as he led police across the plains towards Colorado Springs. The high speed chase came crashing to an end at the intersection of Highway 24 and Marksheffel Road.

Police say it all started as a routine traffic stop in Limon. Smith was pulled over for speeding but reportedly gave the officer false information. When the officer confronted him, police say Smith sped off. Then he headed west on Highway 24 towards Colorado Springs, not even stopping after hitting a car.

State Patrol and Springs police put down spike strips to slow him down. As he tried to turn he hit a curb, crossed over the median, then smashed into a second car and a police cruiser. As officers surrounded him he tried to run away. But police took him down.

No one was seriously injured in the chase.

Police say they found meth in the suspect's car.

Highway 24 was shut down for about an hour while police gathered evidence from the scene.


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